Crews move into Loggerheads' new £1.7M community fire station
Firefighters with a ladder
Crews have today moved into Loggerheads' new £1.7 million community fire station.
"The new community fire station at Loggerheads has replaced the outdated facility at Ashley which was no longer fit for purpose. It will enable us to provide the best possible service for our communities as the focus is no longer solely on response as it has been in years gone by, there is now has a strong emphasis on prevention."
Station Manager Mark Walchester
The state-of-the-art facility on Market Drayton Road has replaced the outdated base on Church Road in Ashley which was built in 1967.
It has been designed to enable firefighters to respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.
Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.
Groups and organisations will be encouraged to gather in the meeting rooms, creating a community hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.
Station Manager Loggerheads Mark Walchester said: “The new community fire station at Loggerheads has replaced the outdated facility at Ashley which was no longer fit for purpose. It will enable us to provide the best possible service for our communities as the focus is no longer solely on response as it has been in years gone by, there is now has a strong emphasis on prevention.
“Our community rooms will mean that we can interact more closely with the residents we serve, meaning they can gain potentially life-saving information and advice from our crews and prevent teams. The opening of the new station marks a milestone in the future of the fire and rescue service, offering Loggerheads and the surrounding areas a well-rounded package which is fit for the needs of the 21st Century.”
Loggerheads Community Fire Station is the sixth facility to be operational in phase two of a major upgrade of buildings across the county with Chase Terrace, Kinver, Longton, Stone and Rugeley already live.
In total, 10 community fire stations will be rebuilt on their current sites along with the brand new station at Loggerheads. The first phase saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011.
The Service will have invested a total of £90 million, funded through a Private Finance Initiative, on improving the stations when the project has been completed.
Bookings for the community rooms will be taken following post-completion works at the site.